Manu Sina kick off with fitness training

The Manu Sina 15s team are undergoing training to enable the coaching staff to check their fitness levels and physical strength.

Coach Ramsey Tomokino told Samoa Observer they are currently putting the Samoan-based members of the squad through a training run while awaiting their colleagues from abroad.

"Today were having the local girls over for a run, this is just the training squad because we also have girls from Australia, New Zealand and the United States," he said

The training squad were at the High Performance Unit at Tuanaimato when this newspaper did the interviews.

Tomokino said some members of the training squad had experience from previous games including participation in the Vailima International Marist Sevens Tournament.

"There are a few girls who have been playing for the Manu Sina in the previous years, however, there are also new ones, some of them also played in the International Marist sevens," he added.

A member of the training squad, Salua Leaula, said opportunities such as playing for Manu Sina are rare and they have to earn the right to represent Samoa. 

"I have been playing for the Manu Sina both Sevens and 15s for three years, and I must always be fit and make sure I get chosen again, because there is always a chance of not being able to be a part of Manu Sina," she said.

Leaula took part in the Vailima International Marist Sevens Tournament, playing for the Apia Maroons team and she has a fair idea on what is required of her, when she is on the field.

"We should always bring our A game to training if we want to represent our country through Manu Sina," she added.

Tomokino reiterated that in order for women to be eligible for Manu Sina, they have to show that they know the game and can play. 

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